Firstly we would like to thank you again for your support this year.
Not an ideal start to the Neave Twin’s 2016 racing campaign, put hopefully the bad luck is behind and now it is time to move forward to greater things this season.
Silverstone hosted round 1 of the MCE British Superbike championship this past weekend and Tim and Tom were set to make their debut in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class.
Friday brought poor weather and the wet tyres were on for free practice 1. It gave the lads chance to re-familiarise riding in the wet conditions. Qualifying one took place on Friday afternoon, and the track had started to dry, however very single lined and the smallest mistake could have been the end to the weekend. Tom got to grips pretty quickly with the tricky conditions and ended up in 5th position; a great start. However Tim struggled to find confidence throughout and completed the session in 25th position, a very disappointing result, knowing he was capable of been right up there with his brother.
Saturday brought sunshine and the track remained dry for qualifying 2. Having completed a successful test day at Silverstone a few days previous, and ending up 6th in class, Tim felt confident for a top 10 grid position; with everyone rushing to get on track at the same time, he got stuck behind a group of slower riders, however not been able to pass through all to get a fast qualifying time in, and so laps were wasted and he ended up in 19th position. There is a lot to be learnt from this for future qualifying sessions, so in that respect, it was a valuable experience. Tom's first hit of bad luck started in Q2, with an intermittent electronic problem causing the bike to cut out multiple times and ultimately stop before the end of the session, and so ended up in 25th position.
Sunday started with another damp and patchy warm up session. The race was dry, and Tim made a good start, over the course of the first 5 laps, made his way up to 16th place and was catching the pack in front. Unfortunately the race was cut short for him when he was taken out by a rider crashing on the inside of him; thankfully not much damage other than scuffed leathers and a gravel rashed fairing. The bad luck hit harder for Tom, and his engine blew up at the beginning of lap 2.
A hard weekend to take in, but it is behind us now and it there is so much to take from it, it’s been a huge learning curve. We look forward to getting back out on track for the official BSB test at Oulton Park Friday 22nd April and then round 2 the following weekend also at Oulton Park.
The bikes look great in the new livery and the van will soon be in matching colours when we get the stickers on.
Tim and Tom